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Art Tips - The Foot by ArandaDill Art Tips - The Foot by ArandaDill
The best way to understand feet is to read about and understand the anatomy of feet in artist anatomy books (such as Classic Human Anatomy by Valerie Winslow), and to draw feet from life and/or from photographs. Do not expect yourself to know how to draw anything without first studying about it (If you think you know without studying, your brain is lying to you). If you have a stylized kind of art, it's best to know how something looks before you stylize it. This way your stylizations will look well-informed and attractive.

EXTRA TIP: People's pinky toes will do different things. If you wear tight shoes all the time, you may find your pinky toe is lying on it's side, is suspended from the ground, or is even pushed up over another toe. If you draw your own feet for study or reference, remember to keep in mind that if you incorporate this kind of toe into your drawings, people might think it is a mistake. Put the pinky toe down next to the fourth toe instead. Sometimes reality has mistakes you must overlook and "illustrate" your way around for the sake of executing a clear message.

EXTRA EXTRA TIP: Some of us have feet with unique qualities. If you draw feet that are unique, make sure your message of "uniqueness" is executed clearly. Don't forget to research and draw other types of feet if you want to expand your skill of drawing well-informed feet.

I hope this "tips" tutorial was helpful!

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Red-WereZ Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful, thank you!
AustinDR Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist
This will probably be helpful. Thank you.
One-Eco Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This will  be very helpful!
Tone4Soul Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
so helpfull! thanks for the tutorial! :meow:
FunSmilies Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Thanks, very useful =D
XaiIrken Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice tutorial. There's a lot of things you specifically mentioned that I, and probably many others, have struggled with.
Feet are my main weakness and I find this tutorial brilliant and well written. Thank you very much.
njanna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful, thanks so much!
Tujima Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much - feet are a real downfall for me...more like the worst thing ever...stupid bipeds...
TifaxLockhart Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow! This is very helpful!! Thank you for sharing it :D
TheSgedioxide Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
looks like something is... AFOOT *cues CSI:Miami Opening Theme*
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